The Newcastleton Festival competition holds classes for novice and open border pipes, usually on the afternoon of the Saturday of the Festival
"The Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival is probably the longest continuously running music festival in Scotland.
Founded in 1970, the festival revolves around a series of competitions (mainly on Saturday), loosely linked by dances, organised ceilidhs and singarounds on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Non-combatants create ad-hoc sessions in all possible locations and visitors are more than welcome at every venue.
One of the most popular events is the Grand Winners' Concert on Saturday night, featuring the best of the day's competitors interspersed with passing musicians who failed to escape the press-gang!
Although the hotels and B&Bs in the village tend to be booked well in advance, ample camping space is available. So we strongly advise festival-goers who are looking for a softer bed to consult our accommodation supremo whose telephone number is on the 'Accommodation' page of this website.
Visitors with children should note that we run a Children's Workshop on Sunday morning to enable harassed parents to pack at leisure whilst their offspring are entertained, possibly educated and lightly fed."